Norwich Cathedral Wedding Photography
Sophie and John are two very well-travelled individuals and the mix of guests at their wedding reflected this with people travelling from as far afield as America (where John is from) and Israel to all be with them on their wedding day. I hadn’t met either Sophie or John before their wedding day as they both currently live in America and only came back to Norfolk a week or so before the big day but when we arrived they were incredibly welcoming, very warm, very chilled and understandably very excited about the day to come.
Sophie and John were very lucky to have been given permission to marry in the splendour of Norwich Cathedral but because it’s such a busy place the wedding had to be scheduled for 5pm. Not a problem – I set about preparing a schedule and everything seemed pretty straightforward until a phone call from Sophie’s Grandfather about three weeks before the big day. He explained that things weren’t quite so simple as first thought as they had just discovered that the wedding clashed with the Lord Mayor’s procession which was due to pass through Tombland and the past the Cathedral just as everyone would be leaving the wedding. This necessarily meant lots of road closures and general chaos around the area so buses were laid on to ferry guests from the reception venue to the Cathedral and back again and we had strict instructions to ensure we left by 6:20 and special permission was sought to allow the wedding cars through the road blocks.
Well I’m not entirely sure what happened on the day but we duly left on time after some photos in the cloisters and almost immediately ground to a halt behind a barrier as we watched floats of gorillas and dancers pass by. There didn’t seem to be an end to the procession in sight and we fully expected to be sat there for the next half hour or so until everyone had passed through but fortunately the marshals halted the procession for a minute or so whilst the barriers were opened and then the wedding car and ourselves following behind in a minibus actually became part of the procession for a short part of the route (another wedding photography first for me). Needless to say Sophie and John got lots of cheers and waves from the crowd (some of whom understandably looked a bit confused) and what could have been a disaster actually turned into quite a memorable part of the day (there’s not many people who can stay they got married in Norwich Cathedral and also took part in the Lord Mayor’s procession all on the same day!).